USCIS Announces Increased Immigration Application and Petition Fees

The Department of Homeland Security announced that they are drastically raising fees for many immigration applications and petitions filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is experiencing a severe budget shortfall and are looking at the possibility of massive furloughs. The average fee increase is approximately 20%, which is on top of the average increase of 21% less than four years ago.

Here are some of the more notable fee increases:

-N-400 Application for Naturalization – new filing fee will be $1,170. This is an increase of $530 (83%).
-I-589 Application for Asylum – new filing fee will be $50. There is currently not a fee in recognition of the fact that these applications are being filed by people fleeing persecution.
-I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver – new filing fee will be $960. This is an increase of $330 (52%).

New fees apply to applications and petitions filed on or after October 2, 2020. File now to avoid the new fees!

Click the following link to read more about the new fees. A chart summarizing the fees begins on page 13.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements